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November 9, 2017

Council Connections

Bridging Allegany, Garrett and Washington Counties


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Dates to Remember


December 11, 2017

Tri-County Council for Western MarylandBusiness Meeting & Dinner

5:00 pm

Nick's Airport Inn
Hagerstown, Maryland


Thursday, January 25 -

Friday, January 26, 2018
Mountain Maryland PACE Reception

Annapolis, Maryland








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Notice of Funding Availability

Funds Available to Improve Rural Healthcare

 The Rural Healthcare Services Outreach Program seeks to enhance healthcare delivery in rural communities through outreach projects focused on the improvement of access to services, strategies for adapting to changes in the healthcare environment, and overall enrichment of community health. The application deadline is Wednesday, December 6, 2017.


Classics for Kids Foundation
Matching Grants Provide Musical Instruments for Youth

The mission of the Classics for Kids Foundation is to empower young people to shape positive futures through music, build sustainable stringed instrument music programs, and provide grants for high quality instruments. The Foundation is offering matching grants to K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States to help purchase stringed instruments.

Application deadline is December 31, 2017. 


Denise Lovelady to Serve as Director for USDA Rural Development in Delaware and Maryland

Denise Lovelady was recently appointed by the Trump Administration as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Delaware and Maryland. Lovelady will begin her new role on Monday, November 13.


As State Director, Lovelady will use her leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Delaware and Maryland.


USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit


Click here to view the full News Release.

USDA Rural Development




Regional Manufacturing Roundtable to be Held December 5, 2017

Manufacturing business throughout the tri-state area are invited to attend a Regional Manufacturing Roundtable at Allegany College of Maryland on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.


The purpose of the meeting is to collaborate and discuss needs in the industry while hearing about current workforce opportunities.


Presenting agencies and their topics of discussion will include:
--Maryland Department of Commerce - New manufacturing tax credits
--US Department of Commerce - Global exportation of goods assistance
--Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Workforce Development/Apprenticeship Programs
--National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) - Workforce Development/Credentialing and Apprenticeship


To register, please call Matt Miller, at the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation, at (240) 522-6114 or email him at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .